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Arkansas Wildlife Officer Shot While On Routine Patrol

November 4, 2007

North Little Rock, AR – An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer was injured yesterday during a shootout with a man suspected of illegal hunting. Wildlife officer Matt Flowers, 29, of Maumelle was shot once in the chest during an altercation with a man Flowers suspected of illegally hunting in North Little Rock’s Burns Park.

The shooting took place at about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Flowers was on a routine patrol along Young Road in North Little Rock when he saw Kelly dressed in camouflage clothing. Flowers was checking Phillip Kelly, 36, of North Little Rock, to see if he had been hunting in the area illegally when a struggle broke out and Kelly shot officer Flowers once in the chest.

Flowers was able to return fire and hit Kelly with several shots, at least once in the neck. Flowers was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. He was wearing body armor which prevented any serious injuries. Flowers is a five year veteran of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).

The North Little Rock Police Department is investigating the shooting. According to NLR police officials, Kelly has been charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting. He is presently in a Little Rock hospital where he is under guard and recovering from his injuries.

Shortly after the shooting, Kelly was able to get away from Flowers and flee from the scene to a nearby house.


 

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